Gender

February 13, 2019
Tribal women in southern Rajasthan have gained confidence to take collective action and get government entitlements due to them (Photo by Priyanka Jain)

Tribal women in Rajasthan assert citizen rights

Solidarity groups of tribal women in southern Rajasthan have started taking collective action to claim government entitlements such as food and rural employment

February 11, 2019
Alladin’s parents advised her to wait till she turned 18, following a resolution by the Gond Tribal Samaj to ban child marriages (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Child marriage ban helps Gond girls pursue dreams

In Gond tribal villages where child marriages were the norm till recently, a resolution by elders to ban marriages before legal age has helped girl children to continue their education

February 1, 2019
One of the many tasks of ASHA worker Chandrakala Gangurde is to monitor young mothers at the primary health centers (Photo by PARI)

Village health workers toil tirelessly despite low wages

Village health workers have emerged as the mainstay of the primary healthcare system in rural Maharashtra. Yet, they are paid tiny amounts, get no benefits and struggle with supply shortages

January 25, 2019
Many Bodo women like Sama Brahma are keeping the traditional skill of handloom weaving alive (Photo by Anne Pinto-Rodrigues)

Weaving a future, meter by meter

In the villages of Bodoland in Assam, where every Bodo home has a loom, Sama Brahma earns a modest income from weaving, and is trying to pass on this waning traditional skill to her daughters

January 11, 2019
Streamlining Eri silk weaving has helped women weavers earn a livelihood using their traditional skills. (Photo by Grameen Sahara)

Kamrup women lead Eri silk revival for improved livelihoods

Linking markets with traditional Eri silk weavers in many parts of Assam, non-profit organization Grameen Sahara has enabled thousands of village women to boost their household incomes

January 9, 2019
Sunil and Nagamani at the Sarathi Jhalak radio station during a program. (Photo by Sudha Narasimhachar)

Community radio creates waves of change in Karnataka villages

Run primarily by women, the Sarathi Jhalak radio station has brought administrators, experts and villagers on the same platform, giving rural communities a voice

December 21, 2018
The weaving unit of Langei project in Nongpok Sanjenbam village not only provides employment to the women but also sustains traditional weaving (Photo by Ninglun Hanghal)

Manipur villagers initiate successful economic development

Residents of Nongpok Sanjenbam, an underdeveloped Manipuri village, have come together to bring about economic and social transformation, enjoying the benefits in the process

December 14, 2018
A poshan sakhi explains the importance of women, especially expectant and lactating mothers, eating nutritious food (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Poshan sakhis transform reproductive health in Odisha

Women trained as poshan sakhis, or nutrition friends, advice and help rural women, particularly expectant and lactating mothers, to eat nutritious food and overcome anemia and underweight deliveries

December 12, 2018
An enclosed bathing space and toilet, while ensuring better hygiene for the women, also gives them time for other activities (Photo by Gram Vikas)

Piped water allows rural women to bathe in private

In Odisha, where a high number of rural households lack enclosed bathing spaces, construction of bathrooms and piped water supply help women avoid bathing in the open

November 19, 2018
Lambani women such as Somi Bai, who prefer to wear their traditional phetiya-kanchali dress are happy to keep their embroidery tradition alive. (Photo by Amoolya Rajappa)

Lambani embroidery makes a fashion statement

Modern clothing embellished with kasuthi kelsa (embroidery work) that is unique to the Lambani tribal community in Karnataka has helped local women keep the traditional craft alive and kicking